Tess (they/them) enjoys working with women, trans and non-binary people who have had long-term mental health struggles and a history of trauma. The people Tess sees are often struggling with:
Understanding the impact of childhood wounds
Stressful relationships involving difficulty with intimacy or autonomy
After-effects of sexual violence and/or
Feeling stuck in overwhelming emotions such as shame and loneliness.
These people may be trying to figure out how to reconcile their values and desired way of being in the world with intense reactions that seem to come out of the blue. Tess also works with people regarding aspects such as gender, sexuality, neurodivergence and polyamory.
Tess understands that the relationship between client and therapist is the primary catalyst for change, and thus incorporates a strength-based, individually tailored, authentic and compassionate approach. They work from an attachment-based trauma treatment perspective that focuses on the mind-body connection and often involves somatic-based therapies, narrative and feminist-informed therapies, EMDR, internal family systems and mindfulness. When working with Tess you can expect to feel validated, seen and honoured.
Tess grew up in Kitchener-Waterloo and has an educational background in Sexuality, Marriage and Family studies and a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care. They have 10 years of experience in LGBTQ+ advocacy and education and 5 years experience in the mental health field working with people with disabilities and a dual diagnosis and as a clinical therapist. They also write poetry, create collage art, rock climb and can often be found in the woods standing very still in the hopes of befriending a bird. They currently live in Kitchener with their cat and nesting partner.